Simple Things Festival Opening Concert
IMAX Cinema, Bristol
With support from Arts Council England.
For the opening concert of Simple Things Festival 2019 we are very proud to present the world premiere of a new audio-visual work from William Basinski, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand.
In “10000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid”, Domnitch and Gelfand use laser light to scan the fleeting surfaces of soap bubble clusters. Unlike ordinary light, the laser’s focused beam surprisingly splits up into a bundle of microscopic optical channels. During the performance, these laser tracks meander through bubble membranes, which serve as molecule-thin lenses for an enormous immersive projection. The audience enters an unfathomably magnified world of electrochemical, optical and fluid dynamics within the sensitive skin of a bubble. Viewed in such proximity, a bubble’s skin evokes the dynamics of living cells- the lipid membranes of which are direct chemical descendants of soap films.
Original music by William Basinski.
Support from Deej Dhariwal and Sarah James.